Assessments, Collaborations, and Communication in E-Learning

This post is provided by guest blogger, Victoria Kral, graduate student University of St. Francis, Joliet, Il., MS Training and Development program.

Instructors have a variety of assessment tools to use in an e-learning environment and peer assessment is a proactive learning tool. Asynchronous communication with classmates and instructors allows us flexibility in time to assess others work. For

instance, an instructor may assign a PowerPoint assignment to the class and require the students to review and critique the work. Since students are often not in “live” time they are able to use a screencast program to record their presentation and allow multiple viewers to view at their leisure.  Instructors and students are able to make assessments and collaborate effectively with asynchronous communication.

I highly recommend reading this article for educators who are looking to add peer-assessments into their e-learning curriculum. The article captures the importance of asynchronous communication and the importance of flexible communication and how it reaches the masses. I also recommend reviewing the youtube video regarding the importance of receiving feedback from your peers and your instructor. Both of these references show that assessments including peer reviews are a great source of e-learning evaluations.


(2017). Michigan Virtual [Online video]. Michigan Department of Education. Retrieved September 16, 2018, from

Throne, B. (n.d.). Asynchronous communication is the future of work. I Done This Blog The Science of Small Wins. Retrieved September 16, 2018, from


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